And he was reasoning in the synagogue every Sabbath and trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.
It is always helpful when studying the Bible to understand the “who,” “what,” “where,” “when,” “how,” and “why” of the verse or passage you’re reading.
We gain more insight by asking these crucial questions. It is also beneficial to look at the events or words surrounding the passage, to get a better understanding of the passage.
Paul was traveling the world on mission. He had left Athens and now he was staying in Corinth. It was here that he met a couple that had also recently relocated from Italy: Aquila and his wife, Priscilla. Apparently, they hit it off pretty well. They quickly bonded because they were both skilled in the trade of making tents. Paul moved in with them, and together they made tents for a living.
Don’t you love when God puts people in our life like this? He is so good in that way! He always knows when we need encouragement, support, community, and provision. He is faithful to provide!
Each Sabbath day (their day of rest), Paul took a break from tent making. Traditionally, no work was done on this day. It was a chance to pause, rest, and reflect on the things of God. The Jews would gather together to worship. Paul was at the meeting place—the synagogue—doing his best to convince both Jews and Greeks about Jesus. How enthusiastic and passionate he must have been!
Knowing Jesus was the answer to all their problems, Paul was doing what he could to lead them to belief.
• How fervently do you pursue efforts of evangelism with others?
• What does this say about the degree to which we prize our relationship with Christ and believe He is the only way of salvation for others?
• Pray that God would reveal any areas of spiritual laziness. Ask Him to remove these and replace them with renewed zeal and passionate fervor for Him.